Shearing contest a crowd pleaser


South Otago contenders held their own during the 2020 Otago Shears at the Balclutha War Memorial Hall on Saturday. Although top place in a special 50th anniversary Open Woolhandling competition went to Joel Henare, of Gisborne, and the Open Shears to Leon Samuels, of Invercargill, local heroes also gave the big crowd plenty to cheer for. A compressed, one-day format this year added to the excitement for spectators, as non-stop action held centre stage from dawn to dusk. Clutha Leader bureau chief Richard Davison captured the fleece flying.

Fur flies . . . Cherie Peterson, of Milton, runs over her second shear on her way to fourth place in the NZ open woolhandling champs in Balclutha on Saturday. PHOTO: RICHARD DAVISON
Cloudburst . . . Heaven Little, of Stirling, casts her fleece during the NZ junior woolhandling champs in Balclutha on Saturday, on her way to second place. PHOTO: RICHARD DAVISON


2020 Results

Open Machine Shearing:

1 Leon Samuels (Invercargill); 2 Nathan Stratford (Invercargill); 3 Brett Roberts (Mataura).

Senior Machine Shearing:

1 Simon Goss (Mangamahu); 2 Brandon McGuire-Ratima (Winton); 3 Elis Ifans (Wales).

Intermediate Machine Shearing:

1 Daniel Biggs (Mangamahu); 2 Phil Price (Wales); 3 Brayden Clifford (Waikaka).

Junior Machine Shearing:

1 Sam Jones (Wales); 2 Richard Lancaster (England); 3 Foonie Waihape (Gisborne).

Open Woolhandling:

1 Joel Henare (Gisborne); 2 Pagan Karauria (Alexandra); 3 Foonie Waihape (Gisborne); 4 Cherie Peterson (Milton).

Senior Woolhandling:

1 Chenelle Hiri (Gore); 2 Tramon Campbell (Gisborne); 3 Nicole Petuha (Masterton); 4 Destiny Paikea (Heriot).

Junior Woolhandling:

1 Emma Martin (Wyndham); 2 Heaven Little (Stirling); 3 Georgie Blackburn (Rakaia); 4 Renee Rempala (Waimate).